Root canals have an undeservedly bad reputation. People often joke that they would rather do anything than undergo a root canal. The truth is that this common dental procedure offers an excellent way to save an at-risk tooth and usually isn't any more uncomfortable than getting a filling. Your Venice, FL, dentist, Dr. Clark J Wright, explains how a root canal can help your smile.
Root canals prevent tooth loss
Root canals are usually performed if the pulp at the center of a tooth becomes inflamed or infected. An infection in your tooth can be particularly dangerous if the bacteria enters your bloodstream. When bacteria travels to your heart or brain, it can cause a heart attack or stroke. Extracting the tooth is one way to remove the inflammation or infection, but it's a drastic solution to the problem. During a root canal, your Venice dentist removes the infected pulp, which allows you to keep your tooth.
Root canals keep your smile strong and healthy
A missing tooth not only affects your self-confidence but your oral health. Thanks to your root canal, your smile won't change. After tooth loss, your jawbone may begin to shrink because it's no longer being stimulated by your tooth roots. Eventually, a weaker jawbone can lead to the loss of other teeth and facial sagging. When your tooth remains in your jaw, you don't have to worry about these unpleasant consequences.
Root canals put an end to your pain
An infection in your tooth can be very painful. In addition to a severe aching or throbbing, you might experience swelling in the gum around the tooth, fever, tenderness or trouble chewing. After your root canal, your pain will subside, and you'll be able to chew without pain again.
A root canal can improve the appearance of your tooth
Discoloration due to a large filling or tooth decay can mar the appearance of your tooth. After your root canal, you'll probably receive a crown to protect your treated tooth. Crowns completely cover teeth above the gum line and hide any cosmetic issues.
Are you concerned that you might need a root canal? Call Dr. Clark J Wright, your Venice, FL, dentist, at (941) 493-5923 to make an appointment. Preserve your smile with a root canal!